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The evolution of print publishing around the end of the fifteenth century is closely intertwined with the development of ornament engravings and their role as designs for the decorative arts. The possibility of producing multiple impressions and the transportability of prints facilitated the wider distribution of these designs. However there are some works in the V&A collection that suggest...
Author: Barry Ginley (Disability & Access Officer)
Organisations such as the V&A are investigating how to deliver information to a wider audience and make their information more accessible for disabled people. Audio descriptions for the Furniture Gallery have been developed to assist visually impaired visitors to access information downloaded via their own smart phones. With new technology this becomes more achievable, or does it?...
Author: Cara Williams (Schools Programme Manager)
V&A Sanctuary offers teachers the chance to explore different creative practices and techniques with professional artists and designers in a relaxed after work environment. The latest Sanctuary took place last Friday around the theme of photography to coincide with the recent re-hang of the V&A's photography collection and the opening of 'Light from the Middle East' in the...
Author: Harriet Curnow (Programme Manager: Schools)
Welcome to Hollywood was the theme of this year’s autumn half-term Family Art Fun programme. On entering the Sackler centre families were greeted by a red carpet, theatre lights and a sound installation by the HalfCut theatre company. On The Imagination Station, they could play the popular game of consequences where children designed costumes for film characters using a paper filmstrip. In...
Author: Andrew Lewis (Digital Content Delivery Manager)
In November we were participating at the annual Museum Computer Network conference (MCN), this year held in Seattle. The MCN conference is a great learning experience. You don't so much attend as get immersed. Our Lead Developer Rich Barrett-Small was on the programme committee for this year's event. Rich also organised workshops (read more about these in a previous post)I also offered my...
Author: Pippa Joiner (Assistant Programme Manager Schools)
Many schools travel great distances to attend the schools programme at the V&A. However, staff noticed that despite the popularity of the workshops, participation amongst schools based in some local London boroughs was poor. In 2011 John Lyon’s Charity generously awarded the V&A a grant to help increase schools within its beneficary areas to engage with the programme. My role is to...
Author: Rebecca English (Assistant Programme Manager)
Take over day at the V&AThis November, the V&A took part in Takeover day organised by the Children’s Commissioner for England and Kids in Museums. We invited students from two different schools, Langley Academy and Woolwich Polytechnic to come and ‘take over’ our exhibitions team and find out what goes into curating, organising and designing a blockbuster exhibition for...
Antiquities have always had a strong allure for men and for artists in particular. From the very beginning of the 15th century artists began drawing ancient sculptures and ruins as well as historical events.V&A inventory number 29627.67Jan de Bisschop after Jacob de Gheyn III, Athena, Dutch, 1669 The Engraved Ornament collection has a number of prints of ancient sculptures. Among these are...